Narrative origins in Christina Stead's 'The Triskelion'

Lane, William (2015) Narrative origins in Christina Stead's 'The Triskelion'. Journal of Language Literature and Culture, 62 2: 100-106. doi:10.1179/2051285615Z.00000000056

Author Lane, William
Title Narrative origins in Christina Stead's 'The Triskelion'
Journal name Journal of Language Literature and Culture   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2051-2856
Publication date 2015-08-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1179/2051285615Z.00000000056
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 62
Issue 2
Start page 100
End page 106
Total pages 7
Place of publication Leeds, United Kingdom
Publisher Maney Publishing
Language eng
Abstract This article gives a reading of ‘The Triskelion,’ a short story by the Australian author Christina Stead. In ‘The Triskelion,’ the twelve-year-old Kate sees a large triskelion (three right legs in a circle) detach itself from a headland, named the Skillion. The article highlights the ways in which the triskelion is then linked in the story with ideas to do with narrative. Through this linking, the story explores some fundamental elements of narrative, including repetition, association, voice, and the surfacing of hidden drives. The article argues that Stead's story is a meditation on narrative: how narrative begins, how it grows, and how it potentially creates our world. Written before any of her novels, ‘The Triskelion’ is a rarely critiqued, yet highly accomplished and complex, work.
Keyword Christina Stead
'The Triskelion'
'The Salzburg Tales'
Narrative voice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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